Within its idyllic natural setting, the small picturesque town of Knysna emerges as a vibrant mini-metropolis, offering a kaleidoscope of unforgettable experiences. From leisurely relaxation to high energy adventure, from sporting activities to shopping, from cappuccino to haute cuisine, from the famous Knysna oyster or a taste of the locally brewed beer, Knysna reflects the finer things of life, a synthesis of discerning sophistication and nature’s abundance. Alive and pulsing, the buzz of international trends mixes with the beat of Africa and creates an unmistakable sense of real wonder not to be found anywhere else. From up market waterfront shops to grassroots community living, Knysna offers the best of South Africa’s varied cultures.

The municipality has a total area of 1,059 km². The Local Municipality comprises Barrington, Bracken Hill, Buffelsbaai, Concordia, Gouna, Karatara, Knysna, Kraaibos, Kruisvallei,Mielierug, Noetzie, Sedgefield and Sonskyn.

Knysna 2020 Mission statement:
To provide affordable quality services, alleviate poverty and facilitate social and economic development of the area through integrated development planning, cooperative governance, skills development and sustainable utilisation of resources.


  • Total population 2006 55 817
  • Male 27 710
  • Female 28 106

Economic Indicators

  • Gross Domestic Regional Product 2004 R923m
  • Contribution to GDPR 2004 11%
  • Annual Economic Growth Rate 2000 – 2004 3,9%

Tourism is the major recognized economic activity for the greater Knysna area. In 2006 Knysna generated 550 000 tourists with a 50/50 split between International and Domestic visitors. 80% visited for leisure reasons. The economic impact of tourism for our town was in the region of R621 000.

GPS position:
-34.029999 Latitude / 23.059999 Longitude

Time Zone:
GMT +2 hours

The Climate in Knynsa

Knysna has a geographical climate similar to typically Mediterranean Maritime climate. The summers are hot and the winters mild to chilly. During the summer, the average maximum temperature reaches about 25ºC and rarely goes above 30ºC. The average maximum temperature during the winter months ranges in the area of 16ºC to 17ºC.

The rainfall in Knysna is one of the richest rainfall percentages in South Africa with the wettest time of the year being between October and December.

Whatever the season, Knysna stays green. Its warm, temperate climate makes it the perfect all-year-round destination. A place where days are packed with promise.

Knysna is a well-developed town, with an infrastructure to meet all the tourist´s needs. With good service and a friendly smile, we will help you enjoy your stay.

Knysna can easily be accessed by road as it lies on the N2 between Cape Town (500km) and Port Elizabeth (260km).

Distance table: (from _ to Knysna)
Mossel Bay 105 km
George 60 km
Wilderness 50km
Oudtshoorn 120 km
Plettenberg Bay 30 km
Stormsriver 90 km
Sedgefield 25 km
Buffalo Bay 21 km
Brenton on Sea 16 km
Rheenendal 21 km


George Airport is a mere 60km away and provide a variety of daily fligh options. Plettenberg Bay Airport can only accommodate chartered flights at the moment. We suggest that you allow 1 hour travelling time to George for out of season periods and 1 hour 45 minutes travelling time in peak season (Dec, Jan, Oyster Festival).

There is currently no rail access to Knysna.